Sleep Health

Kids Who Sleep More Weigh Less on average – Less Sleep Can Make Children and Adults Fat – Builds On Earlier Research

Kids Who Sleep More Weigh Less on average – Less Sleep Can Make Children and Adults Fat – Builds On Earlier Research

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A new study found that children who sleep more will usually weigh less than children who sleep less. Researchers at Northwestern University say that children who slept more had lower BMI (body mass index) measures and were less likely to be overweight five years later than their counterparts who got less sleep.

As children age they naturally get less sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation recommends, children ages 5 to 12 should get 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night. Adolescents should get 8 to 9 hours of sleep per night. The researchers found that sleeping an additional hour reduced young children’s chance of being overweight from 36 percent to 30 percent, while it reduced older children's risk from 34 percent to 30 percent.

New Sleep Apnea Research – Beta Blockers Reduce Severity In Heart Failure –Family History of Obstructive Form Increase Risk CPAP

New Sleep Apnea Research – Beta Blockers Reduce Severity In Heart Failure – Family History of Obstructive Form Increase Risk

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There are two important discoveries in the area of sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to stop breathing during the night. Most sufferers are unaware of the condition because they are asleep when it occurs, but the symptoms are snoring and daytime sleepiness.

The first study involves the most common form of sleep apnea. Researchers say that patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more likely than those without OSA to have a family history of premature death due to coronary artery disease (CAD). Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat narrows or closes when the sleeper falls into a deep sleep.

The researchers compared the family histories of 316 patients with OSA and 202 patients without OSA. They say that regardless of the patient’s own CAD status, there was a significant and independent association between OSA and family history of premature CAD mortality.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea could be caused from Fluid Displacement from the Legs to the Neck

Obstructive Sleep Apnea could be caused from Fluid Displacement from the Legs to the Neck

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A small amount of fluid in a persons legs to the base of the neck can cause soft tissue around the throat to narrow when some people lie down, which can then cause an obstruction in airflow by more than 100 percent. This can lead to a person to have obstructive sleep apnea which causes a person to stop breathing many times each night. T. Douglas Bradley, M.D., of the Toronto General Hospital, and eight associates reports their studies findings in the December 2006 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

The researchers measured leg fluid volume, neck circumference and airflow resistance of 11 individuals that were healthy and not obese. They measured while the participants laid on their backs. After they completed the base measure, they applied lower body positive pressure with anti-shock trousers for five minutes. This pressure caused the fluid to displace from the legs to the neck area.

Alcoholic Recovery May Be Influenced By Sleep Problems – Disorders Including Insomnia Are Magnified By Alcoholism Withdrawal

Alcoholic Recovery May Be Influenced By Sleep Problems – Disorders Including Insomnia Are Magnified By Alcoholism Withdrawal

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Sleep is one of those overlooked problems, but new research now says it is important in recovery from alcohol addiction. Researchers from the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry say that the sedative effects of alcohol can cause sleep problems to become worse. This is caused by the long term sleep-disrupting impact that alcohol dependence may have on the brain.

A study published in this issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, suggests that insomnia and other sleep disorders may get in the way of recovery. They say that a person’s perception of how bad their sleep problems are may be just as important as the actual sleep problems themselves.

Sleep Breathing Disorders - Overweight Children could be helped in 25 Percent of cases with Exercise

Sleep Breathing Disorders - Overweight Children could be helped in 25 Percent of cases with Exercise

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Physical activity may be able to help 25 out of 100 overweight children that have tested positive for sleep-disordered breathing. A study recently published in the November issue of Obesity studied 100 children that were overweight and had sleep breathing problems and found that increasing physical activity helped improve their sleeping.

The children reduced there sleep breathing disorders by half and for those in the study that exercised the most, had an 80 percent reduction in breathing problems while sleeping.

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